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Not surprisingly, the rector is the highest-paid employee at AU, with an annual salary of DKK 1.7 million, followed by the pro-rector and the university director. But what do managers further down the hierarchy earn? Your boss, for example – and what about your office mate?

2018.04.17 | Marie Groth Andersen

Illustration: Morten Voigt

About loenoverblik.dk 

The website loenoverblik.dk was developed by the Agency for the Modernisation of Public Administration, the employer for the entire state sector, and the Danish Central Federation of State Employees’ Organisations, and is available to all. 

On loenoverblik.dk, you can search for statistics on wage packages, average salary by gender, salary development in per cent over time, salary ranges for individual job titles and finally the number of employees in relation to the number of FTEs. The site is in Danish.

The annual pay negotiations are underway, which traditionally piques our interest in comparing our salaries with what others make. On the loenoverblik.dk site, you can find out what your co-workers – and your boss – earn. More precisely, you can find out what people in the same job function earn at AU and the other Danish universities, not the salaries of named individuals.

The overview includes all job titles in use by more than three employees. For this reason, the salaries of the rector, the pro-rector and the university director are not included; the figures cited by Omnibus are from AU HR.    

Six-figure monthly salaries at the top    

The salaries of all three of AU’s top executives are comprised of base pay, supplements for qualifications and a fixed-term salary supplement. In addition to a 17.1 per cent pension contribution. The rector’s annual salary including pension contribution is DKK 1,733,866, which breaks down into a monthly salary of DKK 144,489. The pro-rector’s annual salary is DKK 1,455,708 including pension contribution, or DKK 121,309 per month. The university director’s annual salary is virtually identical: DKK 1,455,705, or DKK 121,309 per month.

The salaries of the four deans is included in the overview, and their average monthly paycheck is DKK 111,909. The five deputy directors earn DKK 87,111 per month on average, and the average monthly salary of the twelve vice-deans is DKK 86,372. 

Not surprisingly, the less gilded end of the scale is occupied by students, trainees and apprentices, along with cleaners, cleaning assistants, labware cleaning assistants, semiskilled workers, animal technicians, caterers and dental surgery assistants, all of whom earn an average monthly salary under DKK 30,000, including pension contribution and permanent supplements but excluding nuisance bonuses and overtime.    


Table 1: Aarhus University: Pay package by job title

Average salary by general salary category. Total monthly salary excluding nuisance bonuses, not including employees in flexi-jobs, etc    

Job
title
    

Average salary, monthly (DKK)    

FTEs    

Base
salary
    

Pen-
sion

Perm.
suppl.
cen-
tral

Perm
suppl
local
    

Temp
suppl
local
    

One-
off
re
mu-
ne-
ra-
tion
    

Ot-
her
sup-
ple-
ments

    

Total
salary
excl.
nui-
sance
bonus
    

Adm. 
officer
(AC)    

3,9

26.077

5.013

3.434

440

0

0

0

34.964

Assistant
professor    

257,3

30.159

6.031

4.221

1.226

157

231

0

42.025

Adm. 
centre
manager    

4,0

45.433

12.314

532

15.919

10.485

1.042

0

85.725

Senior
clinical
instruc-
tor
in
dentistry    

7,2

47.143

9.577

6.108

244

52

139

0

63.262

Academic
staff    

401,7

29.148

6.189

356

5.999

90

65

14

41.862

Caretaker    

7,0

22.118

4.151

0

4.115

176

119

0

30.679

Librarian    

35,4

29.015

6.089

676

5.251

66

28

0

41.125

Bio-
medical
laboratory
scientist    

51,3

26.836

5.564

611

1.430

185

0

0

34.625

Con-
structing
engineer    

3,9

27.895

5.729

0

4.765

222

0

0

38.611

Caterers

17,6

21.831

3.860

0

4.015

118

0

0

29.824

Catering
trainee    

3,3

14.368

1.457

0

0

0

0

0

15.825

Centre
Director    

3,0

37.768

10.469

3.761

11.467

7.243

5.233

0

75.941

Senior
consultant    

92,3

42.259

8.386

0

5.167

626

169

0

56.606

Data
technician
trainee    

5,0

14.164

1.226

0

0

0

0

0

15.390

Dean

4,0

50.667

16.231

8.342

22.673

12.253

1.744

0

111.909

Managing
Director    

4,0

43.126

11.302

0

10.394

11.594

1.792

0

78.208

Buildings
inspector    

5,0

26.788

7.173

716

16.783

434

0

0

51.895

Buildings
manager    

5,9

27.554

6.381

2.937

5.204

1.641

0

0

43.718

Animal
technician    

23,2

23.545

3.831

0

1.982

239

179

-16

29.761

Animal
technician
trainee    

8,0

10.646

1.760

0

2.743

0

0

0

15.149

Property
service
tech-
nician    

9,0

23.455

3.906

0

3.879

68

93

0

31.400

Property
service
technician
trainee    

5,0

19.584

2.115

0

0

0

0

0

21.699

Exam
super-
visor    

9,6

15.918

160

0

0

0

0

0

16.078

Part-time
lecturer    

36,8

35.985

133

34

0

0

102

0

36.254

Elec-
tronics
tech-
nician
trainee    

3,0

15.580

1.933

0

0

0

0

0

17.512

Specialist
teacher     

11,3

27.412

5.981

2.411

1.790

51

111

0

37.756

Re-
searcher

25,6

30.194

6.398

4.283

1.844

102

56

0

42.877

Research
technician    

14,0

27.123

5.476

0

7.052

0

119

0

39.770

Experi-
mental
assistant    

55,5

23.738

3.984

248

2.945

242

35

0

31.191

Photo-
grapher
trainee    

5,0

16.548

1.781

0

0

0

0

0

18.329

Admini-
strator    

534,9

28.907

5.858

4.192

2.072

22

88

1

41.141

Division
manager    

46,9

41.098

9.610

4

12.898

1.377

169

0

65.156

Gardener    

14,6

23.656

4.392

0

4.460

327

0

87

32.922

Gardener
trainee    

3,0

16.339

1.900

0

0

0

0

0

18.239

Labware
cleaning
assistant    

6,4

19.986

3.604

300

3.774

96

0

0

27.760

Graphic
designer    

7,5

30.460

5.382

312

3.763

0

39

0

39.956

Skilled
trades-
man    

68,7

24.181

4.612

159

5.889

415

0

0

35.256

Industrial
technician
trainee    

4,0

12.951

1.365

0

0

0

0

0

14.316

Assistant
Engineer    

28,5

26.984

5.438

23

6.669

515

29

0

39.658

Senior
professor
of engi-
neering    

11,2

45.268

9.609

5.166

4.702

1.449

0

0

66.194

Head of
depart-
ment    

25,0

42.127

12.375

4.963

8.557

15.598

849

0

84.471

Student
Teacher    

5,6

28.816

633

0

0

0

0

0

29.450

IT staff    

158,2

27.557

5.098

672

4.960

86

56

0

38.428

IT
supporter
trainee    

9,0

14.574

1.770

0

0

0

0

0

16.344

Agricul-
tural
techno-
logist    

40,0

24.024

4.221

2.239

2.925

302

0

0

33.710

Jour-
nalist

20,1

28.073

7.345

270

11.315

288

50

0

47.340

Dental
surgery
assistant    

42,3

24.579

4.006

0

872

17

0

0

29.473

Clinical
instructor
odonto    

9,0

37.359

7.108

3.237

67

0

0

0

47.770

Clinical
professor
and chair    

9,1

40.579

4.172

0

254

0

0

917

45.922

Clinical
profes-
sor    

22,9

40.839

4.145

365

0

540

7

0

45.897

Assistant
conser-
vator    

5,0

24.161

4.149

0

4.759

261

0

0

33.329

Office
trainee   

20,4

15.607

1.740

0

0

0

0

0

17.347

Adm. 
officer    

515,4

27.524

4.443

16

1.578

74

71

0

33.707

Bilingual
secretary    

30,4

23.625

5.723

924

7.156

128

126

0

37.683

AP
Graduate
in
Chemical
and Bio-
technical
Science    

273,4

27.597

4.451

56

1.135

116

37

-1

33.392

Labora-
tory
trainee    

6,0

18.318

1.751

44

0

0

0

0

20.113

Agricul-
tural
worker    

5,2

23.324

4.019

0

2.985

0

0

0

30.328

Agricul-
tural
worker
trainee    

3,0

10.646

1.363

0

4.604

0

0

0

16.613

Principal
dentist    

3,2

30.194

6.921

497

13.975

724

0

0

52.310

Associate
Professor    

947,1

30.261

7.665

8.112

5.216

656

402

0

52.311

Associate
professor
- fixed
term    

58,2

30.195

7.053

7.793

3.612

181

27

0

48.862

Senior
machi-
nist    

8,0

31.097

7.114

0

9.827

261

0

0

48.299

PhD
Students    

1.066,7

26.534

3.984

1.298

307

7

8

16

32.153

Postdoc    

3,5

30.194

6.085

4.283

0

0

0

0

40.561

Postdoc    

647,5

29.907

5.601

4.238

475

19

46

33

40.319

Vice-dean    

12,0

40.776

12.518

5.113

18.719

8.321

925

0

86.372

Professor

319,9

46.136

9.858

4.579

4.860

1.307

1.267

66

68.073

Professor
MSO

84,3

30.199

8.928

16.545

4.352

789

216

137

61.166

Professor
- fixed
-term

27,7

45.374

9.254

2.164

6.116

778

687

0

64.374

Cleaning
assistant    

164,0

20.000

3.328

34

1.649

120

0

9

25.139

Cleaner    

44,7

19.955

3.111

90

1.402

0

19

0

24.576

Head of
secre-
tariat    

30,5

39.735

8.094

266

7.737

182

762

0

56.776

Senior
re-
searcher    

189,5

30.254

7.978

9.350

5.712

379

61

0

53.733

Senior
adviser    

30,1

30.194

7.644

8.244

4.759

502

0

0

51.343

Semi-
skilled
worker    

7,9

20.005

3.812

504

5.170

0

0

0

29.491

Special
consul-
tant    

249,7

39.277

7.499

73

3.247

264

154

94

50.608

Dental
specialist
cand.    

9,0

29.806

5.265

0

0

0

0

0

35.071

Student
coun-
sellor    

8,5

26.070

593

0

0

0

0

0

26.663

Students    

28,4

16.819

1.643

0

0

0

0

0

18.462

Teaching
assistant
professors    

10,0

30.194

5.485

3.473

572

174

0

0

39.897

Teaching
associate
professors    

26,9

30.193

7.106

6.541

3.802

0

882

0

48.525

Nurse

5,0

29.056

6.629

869

3.510

1.737

367

0

42.167

Odon-
tology    

6,3

30.194

7.053

1.562

7.787

607

638

0

47.840

Dental
techni-
cian

6,8

24.160

4.474

25

4.971

0

0

0

33.630

Team
leder

3,0

25.606

6.306

0

13.300

1.158

278

0

46.648

Technician    

8,4

23.290

5.020

1.384

6.311

196

0

0

36.201

Tenure
Track

46,0

30.194

5.150

4.283

1.293

850

169

190

42.129

136
Teaching
assistant
professor    

3,5

30.193

6.407

3.814

2.432

0

357

0

43.203

Teaching
assistant

13,9

27.260

6.474

2.231

3.234

1.459

60

0

40.717

Vete-
rinary
nurse    

3,0

23.603

3.865

0

4.610

290

0

0

32.367

Deputy
director    

5,0

45.268

12.718

0

7.664

20.461

1.000

0

87.111

Research
assistant    

258,5

27.033

5.087

3.246

170

8

15

6

35.565

Groups
under
3 FTEs    

*

32.365

6.591

1.721

7.450

2.437

72

0

50.636

 

  • Temporary local supplements include fixed-term salary supplements.
  • Other supplements include additional one-off salary supplements excl. nuisance bonuses.
  • Groups of job titles with less than three FTEs have been merged in the same category to ensure anonymity.


Is your salary champagne? Or discount beer?

As few of us have salaries identical to the average salary, it is also interesting to check the range of salaries within a particular job category. This can give you an idea of whether your salary lies towards the top or the bottom of the salary scale for your job category.    


 

Table 2: Salary range
Average salaries and quartiles

Job title

 

Salary per month (DKK)

FTEs

Avg. salary

Lower
quartile

Median

Upper
quartile

Administrative
officer (AC)

3.9

34,964

*

*

*

Assistant professor

257.3

42,025

40,540

41,790

43,315

Administration
centre manager

4.0

85,725

*

*

*

Senior clinical
instructor
in dentistry

7.2

63,262

*

*

*

Academic staff

401.7

41,862

37,637

42,137

45,575

Caretaker

7.0

30,679

*

*

*

Librarian

35.4

41,125

38,281

39,549

43,112

Biomedical
laboratory scientist

51.3

34,625

32,950

34,641

36,043

Constructing
engineer

3.9

38,611

*

*

*

Caterers

17.6

29,824

24,804

28,804

32,713

Catering trainee

3.3

15,825

*

*

*

Centre Director

3.0

75,941

*

*

*

Senior consultant

92.3

56,606

53,574

55,948

58,237

Data technician
trainee

5.0

15,390

*

*

*

Dean

4.0

111,909

*

*

*

Managing Director

4.0

78,208

*

*

*

Buildings inspector

5.0

51,895

*

*

*

Buildings manager

5.9

43,718

*

*

*

Animal technician

23.2

29,761

27,399

28,731

30,659

Animal technician
trainee

8.0

15,149

*

*

*

Property service
technician

9.0

31,400

*

*

*

Property service
technician trainee

5.0

21,699

*

*

*

Exam supervisor

9.6

16,078

*

*

*

Part-time lecturer

36.8

36,254

36,065

36,119

36,151

Electronics
technician trainee

3.0

17,512

*

*

*

Specialist teacher

11.3

37,756

35,866

37,353

37,866

Researcher

25.6

42,877

42,065

42,065

43,591

Research technician

14.0

39,770

38,590

40,286

40,417

Experimental assistant

55.5

31,191

28,731

30,330

33,268

Photographer trainee

5.0

18,329

*

*

*

Administrator

534.9

41,141

39,492

42,151

44,205

Division manager

46.9

65,156

62,986

65,511

66,914

Gardener

14.6

32,922

30,699

32,567

33,365

Gardener trainee

3.0

18,239

*

*

*

Labware
cleaning assistant

6.4

27,760

*

*

*

Graphic designer

7.5

39,956

*

*

*

Skilled tradesman

68.7

35,256

32,450

34,637

36,490

Industrial
technician trainee

4.0

14,316

*

*

*

Assistant Engineer

28.5

39,658

36,975

38,590

39,935

Senior professor
of engineering

11.2

66,194

63,385

65,369

67,780

Head of department

25.0

84,471

78,349

86,474

86,476

Student Teacher

5.6

29,450

*

*

*

IT staff

158.2

38,428

30,043

37,303

42,448

IT supporter trainee

9.0

16,344

*

*

*

Agricultural
technologist

40.0

33,710

31,153

33,023

34,843

Journalist

20.1

47,340

40,640

46,093

50,050

Dental surgery
assistant

42.3

29,473

28,246

29,204

30,555

Clinical instructor
odonto

9.0

47,770

*

*

*

Clinical professor
and chair

9.1

45,922

*

*

*

Clinical professor

22.9

45,897

44,622

44,622

44,622

Assistant conservator

5.0

33,329

*

*

*

Office Trainee

20.4

17,347

15,192

15,223

21,491

Administrative officer

515.4

33,707

30,310

33,313

35,831

Bilingual secretary

30.4

37,683

35,459

37,324

38,989

AP Graduate
in Chemical and
Biotechnical Science

273.4

33,392

31,745

33,419

35,690

Laboratory trainee

6.0

20,113

*

*

*

Agricultural worker

5.2

30,328

*

*

*

Agricultural worker
trainee

3.0

16,613

*

*

*

Principal dentist

3.2

52,310

*

*

*

Associate Professor

947.1

52,311

49,390

52,034

54,720

Associate professor
- fixed term

58.2

48,862

48,617

49,105

50,142

Senior machinist

8.0

48,299

*

*

*

PhD Students

1,066.7

32,153

29,843

32,049

34,062

Postdoc

3.5

40,561

*

*

*

Postdoc

647.5

40,319

40,540

40,540

40,998

Vice-dean

12.0

86,372

82,655

83,186

89,317

Professor

319.9

68,073

61,874

66,172

71,779

Professor MSO

84.3

61,166

58,405

59,603

62,797

Professor
– fixed-term

27.7

64,374

60,621

61,965

64,824

Cleaning assistant

164.0

25,139

23,829

24,564

25,336

Cleaner

44.7

24,576

23,109

24,029

25,273

Head of secretariat

30.5

56,776

53,790

56,569

59,499

Senior researcher

189.5

53,733

51,048

53,622

55,673

Senior adviser

30.1

51,343

49,166

50,692

52,401

Semiskilled worker

7.9

29,491

*

*

*

Special consultant

249.7

50,608

47,562

49,597

52,757

Dental specialist cand.

9.0

35,071

*

*

*

Student counsellor

8.5

26,663

*

*

*

Students

28.4

18,462

18,265

18,528

18,620

Teaching assistant
professors

10.0

39,897

38,993

39,990

40,326

Teaching associate
professors

26.9

48,525

44,161

47,091

50,473

Nurse

5.0

42,167

*

*

*

Odontology

6.3

47,840

*

*

*

Dental technician

6.8

33,630

*

*

*

Team leader

3.0

46,648

*

*

*

Technician

8.4

36,201

*

*

*

Tenure track

46.0

42,129

40,540

41,159

43,591

136 Teaching
assistant professor

3.5

43,203

*

*

*

Teaching assistant

13.9

40,717

36,712

39,719

42,162

Veterinary nurse

3.0

32,367

*

*

*

Deputy director

5.0

87,111

*

*

*

Research assistant

258.5

35,565

32,968

35,224

39,260

Groups under 3 FTEs

*

50,636

29,705

39,730

58,437

  • Calculation of quartiles for part-time employees is based on a conversion of salaries to full-time levels.
  • Groups of job titles with less than three FTEs have been merged in the same category to ensure anonymity.
  • Fields marked * cannot be shown, as there are too few FTEs to calculate the statistics.


And what about the gender pay gap?

loenoverblik.dk can also tell us something about the status of equal pay at Aarhus University, based on the average monthly salaries of men and women in the different job categories. The wage gap between female technicians and their male co-workers is especially large; men earn an average of DKK 40,221 per month, while women take home DKK 33,441. Female technicians account for five FTEs at AU, while men account for 3.4 FTEs.

On the other hand, among animal technicians women earn more than men on average. Women (20 FTEs) earn DKK 29,921 per month, while men (3.2 FTEs) earn DKK 28,769.    


Table 3: Average salary by gender
Women’s average salary expressed as an index in relation to men’s average salary

Job title

FTEs

Average salary, monthly (DKK)

Men

Women

Men

Women

Index
(Men = 100)

Assistant professor

153.8

103.5

42,150

41,841

99

Academic staff

184.6

217.1

43,169

40,750

94

Librarian

9.7

25.7

40,591

41,327

102

Caterers

4.6

13.0

31,787

29,125

92

Senior consultant

38.8

53.5

57,833

55,715

96

Animal technician

3.2

20.0

28,769

29,921

104

Exam supervisor

4.3

5.4

16,081

16,075

100

Part-time lecturer

24.4

12.5

36,204

36,353

100

Researcher

14.8

10.8

42,902

42,842

100

Experimental assistant

37.1

18.4

31,602

30,365

96

Administrative officer

143.4

391.5

41,152

41,136

100

Division manager

20.0

26.9

65,648

64,790

99

Gardener

10.9

3.7

33,260

31,937

96

Graphic designer

4.0

3.5

41,637

38,043

91

Skilled tradesman

65.0

3.8

35,375

33,194

94

Head of department

21.0

4.0

84,799

82,728

98

IT staff

132.2

26.0

38,442

38,361

100

Agricultural
technologist

27.4

12.5

33,952

33,181

98

Journalist

6.0

14.1

48,313

46,925

97

Clinical instructor
odonto

3.6

5.4

48,130

47,534

99

Clinical professor

17.8

5.1

46,156

45,000

97

Administrative officer

48.4

467.1

32,834

33,797

103

AP Graduate
in Chemical and
Biotechnical Science

41.6

231.8

33,486

33,375

100

Associate Professor

605.1

342.0

52,650

51,712

98

Associate professor
- fixed term

33.7

24.6

48,819

48,921

100

PhD Students

507.7

559.1

31,705

32,561

103

Postdoc

359.3

288.2

40,204

40,464

101

Vice-dean

9.0

3.0

86,467

86,088

100

Professor

254.1

65.8

68,690

65,689

96

Professor MSO

57.5

26.8

61,618

60,195

98

Professor
– fixed-term

23.3

4.4

64,922

61,469

95

Head of secretariat

4.5

26.0

57,540

56,644

98

Senior researcher

139.0

50.4

53,720

53,768

100

Senior adviser

24.2

5.9

51,569

50,413

98

Special consultant

106.6

143.1

51,115

50,230

98

Dental specialist
cand.

3.0

6.0

35,524

34,844

98

Students

9.0

19.4

18,494

18,448

100

Teaching assistant
professors

4.0

6.0

39,923

39,880

100

Teaching associate
professors

16.2

10.7

49,606

46,895

95

Technician

3.4

5.0

40,221

33,441

83

Tenure track

31.0

15.0

42,569

41,219

97

Research assistant

110.0

148.5

35,807

35,386

99

Groups under 3 FTEs

*

*

39,210

31,270

80

  • Groups of job titles with less than FTEs in either gender or both genders have been merged in the same category to ensure anonymity.

Translated by Lenore Messick


 

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